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Bill Cracks Down


Published 1937
Topics Action, Drama, Romance


When William Reardon (Pierre Watkin), a steel magnate, dies and leaves a strange will.
When his spineless and dandified heir and son (Ranny Weeks) returns home from living in Paris, he finds "Tons' Walker (Grant Withers), a strong and burly steel worker running the company, per his late-father's will request.
He also finds that his father's will specifies the Junior will change his name to Bill Hall and work in the family steel mill for a year under the fake name.
Walker's job is to make a man out of the son.
The son is not overjoyed by this prospect. Neither is Walker.


Run time 53 min.
Producer William Berke
Production Company Republic Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviews

Reviewer: picfixer - - June 13, 2011
Subject: Blast furnaces & love ballads
Begins as an okay formula yarn about teaching a spoiled rich man's son the meaning of work, but three-quarters of the way through, the juvenile screenplay tries to become a semi-musical comedy. Grant Withers is fine as a two-fisted steel mill production manager, and so is the mill owner, Pierre Watkin. As for the other cast members - well, you can see why they rarely if ever are seen outside of B-features. (I'm not counting the great Eddie "Rochester" Anderson who only appears briefly as a chauffeur.)

This 53 minute print is a re-release edit of the 61 minute original. The image quality is fair. The audio is okay.
Reviewer: rclo - - May 4, 2011
Subject: Thoroughly enjoyable - except for Porky
Somewhat predictable in the end, but enjoyable nonetheless. I hated "Porky," whom I would have tossed out on his obnoxious, freeloading butt. Eddie Anderson would have provided more enjoyable comic relief, but he had only a bit part.

The steel mill scenes are a reminder of the hard, dangerous work that made America what it is today.

The print is fuzzy and washed out, but I didn't notice it as the story developed.
Reviewer: flair - - April 26, 2011
Subject: 30s Screwball
by the books , but enjoyable and satisfying . As with anything that has the name Berke attached to it, it moves right along at a zippy pace. I'd give three and half if I could.
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